She is young and beautiful, and she is already in the eye of the maddening media storm, what with her eventful past and promising future! She is upfront about sexuality, fame, controversies, and her debutante venture Nishabd. And now, the 19-something Jiah Khan speaks her heart out in a way she has never done before…
Were you intimidated while acting opposite Mr. Bachchan?
Nice first question, I must say. I think if I was intimidated by him throughout the film, I would not have been able to complete the film. For me the minute the camera was on, he was just my character. I don’t know how that happened I think that was God-sent but he was just my character Vijay.
You have a startling screen presence and a terrific body language…
Who says that?
I say that.
Wow. Thank you.
The body language for the kind of role you have is simply stunning…
I’m nishabd! That’s amazing; I mean you are first person who has given me a compliment like this. Thank you so much.
I said that in the press conference as well…
You did? Everything was so rushed… I was like, ‘what’s going on’ at the press conference. My first press conference, never again hopefully.
What was your reaction when you were offered this role?
Obviously, Mr. Bachchan wasn’t in the picture. As a role in itself, it was very appealing to me because even the male protagonist of the film is talking about this female character. She is the main thing in the film, and she is very hard to find in Indian cinema today. A female character that is so much in the film is a very powerful thing and as a first film, that is amazing.
How did you prepare yourself for Nishabd?
Well, I went to an acting school where they teach us method acting. And method acting is where from your past experiences you take out this emotions and then you put into the scene. So as far as preparation there was no sort of preparation weeks before. It was very much on the set during the scenes.
Where does Mr. Bachchan’s appeal lie apart from him smelling good?
Well, obviously he is very charismatic everyone can see that and I’m sure you have obviously have seen him a lot and I haven’t seen him that much as what I have saw at the music release and stuff, the way he answers as well. He speaks so well, he sounds really good. His style is so daring, which is very sexy. At his age if he could take risks without thinking about it twice, it is a really cool thing.
Do you think you could fall in love with a much older man in real life?
Right now? I think the only reason anyone would stop me from doing such a thing is because of what people might say, basically social acceptance, which is sad but it is very important to us as an individuals. Social acceptance is a big thing in our lives. Whether our boss agrees with what we do or whether our family agrees and stuffs. So that’s the only reason I would shy away from it. No other reason.
How was Munnar as location for filming?
So romantic! I don’t think I ever looked so good. It doesn’t even look like me in the film. My skin was glowing. I think the weather was beautiful. Obviously there is tea plantation and tea is know to be a sort of a detoxer, so it detoxified me,
How does it feel to be on posters all around the city?
Oh my god, I was on my way here and I was seeing my poster being put up, and I nearly burst out into the tears, and when I realized I have make-up on, I couldn’t. But it was so surreal, it is unbelievable. I think every newcomer would say this thing.
Rozana seems to be a fabulous number…
Oh my God it is beautiful. Oh my God, the first time I heard it I cried out saying that this song is sung for me? I felt really special.
RGV has been linked with most of his heroines. Your comments…
Some one said to me other day, “How do you feel being called as Ramu’s girl?” I was saying, what? I think the focus is on both of us so I am more Mr. Bachchan’s girl than anyone else’s. I mean come on he is my director, when he comes in the room I shake. So like I don’t think there is any question about it.
Your father left you at an early age…Any regrets or anger?
No there is no regret or anger anything.
There have been rumours about you being Aamir Khan’s step sister…
My God, do I look his sister from any angle? (No…) You answered your own question!
If you meet Aamir, how will you react?
Yeah, I’ll be awkward because he is a superstar, that’s the only reason.
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